The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 31st, 2018 night edition

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The data can’t be pinpointed to a city block—each square on the map represents 250,000 acres of land.

But piecing the data together state-by-state can give a general sense of how U.S. land is used.

More than one-third of U.S. land is used for pasture—by far the largest land-use type in the contiguous 48 states.

And nearly 25 percent of that land is administered by the federal government, with most occurring in the West.

Between pastures and cropland used to produce feed, 41 percent of U.S. land in the contiguous states revolves around livestock.

Putting all those pieces together, this map gives you a rough sense of all the ways U.S. land is used.

Much of U.S. land serves specific purposes, such as the 2 million acres devoted to golf courses or the 3 million acres for airports. »

Feds say they won’t decriminalize any drugs besides marijuana, despite calls from cities

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OTTAWA— The federal government says it will not consider decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana, despite calls from Canada’s major cities to consider the measure.

As the opioid epidemic washes over the country, Montreal and Toronto are echoing Vancouver and urging the federal government to treat drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one.

Officials in Montreal and Toronto have echoed Vancouver in urging the federal government to treat drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one. »

Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is an ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’ – Rolling Stone

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Former President Jimmy Carter had some harsh words to say about the current state of America’s electoral process, calling the country “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery” resulting in “nominations for president or to elect the president.”

The 39th president also voiced concerns that the limitless flow of campaign cash severely favors those already in office.

“The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves,” Carter said. »

Why 'getting lost in a book' is so good for you, according to science

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Green researches the idea of “transportation” — or what makes it possible to get “lost in a book.”

And some people are just more interested in one type of story (romance, for instance) versus another (thriller), she adds.

“Anytime we feel connected to others, we feel good in general and feel good about our lives.”. »